We must make-up a story in only six minutes using the photo below as inspiration.
I was busy making my granddaughter toast as a news report played on the TV in the background.
“Today, the NAACP has advised all ‘people of color’ to avoid travel to Florida. They explained that Govenor DeSantis was outwardly unfriendly to minorities because of his ‘ push back’ on CRT in Florida classrooms. A spokesperson further claims that the atmosphere there could be overtly hostile, even dangerous, for ‘people of color’!”
My application of Nutella to her toast became inadvertently hostile, when I heard that, producing a tear in the bread. I couldn’t help but comment.
” The use of fear as a political weapon is out-of-control. Getting what you want by misrepresenting the truth to scare people is ubiquitous these days! Do you know what ubiquitous means, Dear? It means something can be found everywhere.”
“Look Grandma! Even Goldie is trying to scare us to get attention! It IS everywhere.”
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “stick.” Use it as a noun or a verb; use it any way you’d like. Have fun!
It’s not the lies. People lie. It’s about the repeating of lies… the outright promotion of lies. There are an awfully lot of people who run their mouths without filtering their words through the ‘grey matter’ they were given, and others are manipulators for their own gain. The prompt of “stick” made me immediately think of the retort “Stick it in your ear!”. Sometimes, ‘being nice’ isn’t easy nor is it appropriate. Silence has always felt like compliance to me. I choose to laugh at people more often than confront them because the message of “Don’t be ridiculous.” comes through loud and clear. “Oh my! That’s not “nice.”, you may be thinking. No, it isn’t but “nice” isn’t my default setting. “Nice” is a coward’s cover for inaction in most cases IMHO. It’s a self-comforting excuse. Heaven forbid you’d have to defend your words or explain. LOL Is it actually “nice” for people to insult your intelligence or present themselves as “truth tellers” that you aren’t allowed to confront or ignore? I don’t want the ambiguous game of ‘nice’ anywhere near me. I don’t think it’s nice at all to lie to each other. To say you don’t know what you’re repeating is a lie doesn’t work either. There’s a thing called “personal responsibility” which also applies to knowing what you’re talking about. Facts don’t care about feelings. If you believe something is factual and it is revealed to be false, no worries. There’s also something known as an “apology” or a retraction. Nobody’s perfect and we’ve each been fooled. Isn’t it ‘nice’ to find out?
We all have good reasons to be cynical these days. It’s sad but unavoidable. Being gullible in the name of “Nice” is dangerous. No one ever died from being insulted but many, many, lives have fallen victim to “lies”. Speak up!
Happy Saturday Friends. “Don’t take any wooden nickels.” We’re all in this together!
The most cowardly people ignore the facts, ‘Cuz it’s safer to just go along. Far braver the person whose conscience acts. The most cowardly people ignore the facts. Discouraging lies speaking truth impacts, The search for ‘the right’ and ‘the wrong’. The most cowardly people ignore the facts, ‘Cuz it’s safer to just go along.
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “scene.” Use it any way you like. Have fun!
At first, I thought, “What the heck can I do with this prompt?” So, I just let the word simmer on a back burner for a moment. And suddenly my post came into view. You may say, “The scene had been set.” I first imagined a crime scene and then the scene of an accident. Then a meme from this morning. <Excuse me… my dog just vomited on the carpet.> Where was I?… The meme I saw this morning found its way back onto the scene.
And this made me aware of how many ways a scene is perceived. Some people see colors and others notice lines and patterns. Some fixate on single objects while others scan the scene in grids. This is precisely why I tend to reread paragraphs, sometimes chapters, in books or listen to podcasts more than once. Instinctively I know there’s more that I’ve missed than I’ve seen. My sense that there’s a greater depth present in scenes, ideas, and people than I can comprehend in a single dose, makes me question everything… especially my own perception. I’ve come to realize that many people either don’t recognize that those extra clues exist or just don’t find them useful. Certainly, life would feel less complex experienced in glimpses, and I don’t see that as an unpleasant attitude so, as the meme suggests, that’s purely their prerogative… their view. But for me to trust anyone’s advice or perception, I need to feel confident that they do question themselves and have an understanding of the depth and scope of the scenes we observe because that lets me know how important truth is to them.
Happy Saturday Friends! Hope all your scenes are beautiful ones this weekend.
Since so many other online writers have blogs dedicated to their writings, I’ve decided to jump onto the bandwagon. All posts published here will be either fiction or poetry, some new, and some previously published on various places on the Internet. Some of my works are conventional, and some are quirky. All fiction posted here, except for fan fiction, will include the letters "rose" somewhere, as a tribute to my Baba.